The T reports it's now busing passengers from Andover south due to a train that grappled with death, and lost.
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But Charlie said at the State of the State that "The T’s failures last winter became a crisis, and I am proud to say that by working together we found and seized opportunity.”
I guess if the opportunity is to let the system fall apart even more so its unusable even when we don't have historic snow levels, and the opportunity to cut the system down even more, canceling the green line extension, ending late night T because the subsidy is similar to what commuter rail riders get (and people in Boston don't deserve what suburbanites get).
An extra $83M was given to the T to make it winter ready. I thought money was the problem?
So what's your solution? Just snap your fingers and we'd have a couple hundred new trainsets, hundreds of new signals and switches, and miles of new rail and wiring, just like that?
You do realize that in the real world, multi-billion-dollar infrastructure systems take, uh, time to figure out specifically what is wrong, figure out specifically what to do to fix it, and then actually get to work fixing it?
The T collapse happened almost exactly a year ago. The governor's FMCB spent the past year assessing the condition of the T and trying to find the sources of all their problems. They released their report a few weeks ago. Now they're going to spend several more months putting together a report on how to fix it, and then finally the T will get to fixing the mess. That will also take years. They already predict that in order to actually get to a "state of good repair" it will take 25 years, and that's without yet having a detailed analysis to go by.
Of course I see you post these ridiculous comments in almost every thread about the T, so I know my response will fall on deaf ears.
A while ago I wrote a bunch of reps about the horrific state of the T. Couldn't hurt to make your voice heard!
Michael Capuano: http://capuano.house.gov/contact/email.shtml
Isn't this awesome, boys and girls??....That EIGHT YEAR contract - with a company that had never even operated so much as a school bus in Massachusetts (LOL!!) - really "made sense" to the MBTA when they $igned that $2.6 BILLION dollar contract with Keolis in 2014....But, then again, as Deep Throat said in the movie "All The Presidents Men" (a great film about the Watergate scandal) if you "follow the money" you'll discover that this MBTA/Keolis contract had literally NOTHING to do with improving commuter rail service and EVERYTHING to do with secretly lining the pockets of many, many MBTA higher ups (and their lackeys under the State House Dome)....all at the expense of a weary, stranded public now almost immune to the absolute torrent of corruption in this God forsaken s-hole of a state....And the corruption and mismanagement goes literally all the way to the top. They (y'know, "them"..the MBTA and Keolis "management" who DRIVE home in their brand new taxpayer and farepayer funded fancy, comfortable CARS as you sit stranded in old filthy trains) are literally laughing at all of you who are naive enough to "believe in them" (and continue to vote for their lackeys).
But relax, folks....it's only another SIX YEARS....I'm sure it'll fly right by. Y'know, like your state income and property taxes fly right by your wallet - on their way to the Budget and Appropriations Committees and the.....(etc etc etc).
Yes, I agree, the corruption is painfully obvious now. A train died on the tracks heading North on the Haverhill line. I was actually on the next train behind the dead train. They used my train to push the dead train to the end of the line. So, we had to get off at some random stop and take a shuttle bus to all the next stops. The whole process was screwed up. The really painful part was that my train was perfectly fine. There was nothing wrong with my train. I had to get off a perfectly good train because the next train ahead was dead. It's pretty obvious it's a system and if any one of these trains die it affects a lot of others.
What does Keolis have to do with dead subway trains?
You actually think Keolis' management of the CR is responsible for the all-out collapse of the system last year? That all the equipment was just running perfectly fine and suddenly when Keolis took over, it just went all to shit in less than a span of a year?
This article is about a dead commuter rail train. Which there were plenty of last year.
Maybe you're not a commtuer rail rider, so I'll remind you what happened last winter: even after the subway was back to normal, for several more MONTHS the commuter rail was on a "recovery schedule", which meant more than half the trains were perpetually cancelled.
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